Tiny Houses are all the rage these days. With the average house selling in America in November 2016 hovering around $360,000, it’s not wonder why people are looking for alternative ways to live and own
But what about those who aren’t fortunate enough to have a home? Or maybe even worse, what about the countless number of veterans who are homeless? An organization in Kansas City has come up with an idea to help homeless vets.
What’s the VCP?
An organization called Veterans Community Project (VCP) was founded by three veterans who wanted to help their brethren. Their idea for the Veterans Village was simple: create a village of tiny homes for veterans to help reduce the difficulty of readjusting to society after serving.
Working on a site of about four acres, they are constructing fifty tiny houses that will serve at least as many homeless vets. The Veterans Village is a community of 50 tiny-homes and a Community Center. Each Tiny Home is used as transitional housing for homeless Veterans.
In additon to providing a home, the VCP will also cover the veteran’s services, housing, food, and utilities for a period of time. Eventually the Veteran will take over financial responsibility for living at Veteran’s Village before making the transition into their own permanent housing.
Why the Veterans Village?
According to their website, VCP says “The goal would be to get veterans straight off the streets and hand them the keys to their full furnished tiny house (stocked with food), without the veteran having to go through the hassles of waiting for gas, electric, deposits, inspections, and voucher processes. We would then stabilize them to educate and support them on reintegrating into society all while treating and addressing their housing barriers as we move them into permanent housing.”
These small homes are each about 240 square feet, and are being built by volunteers. The volunteers work on weekends, after work and on holidays – whatever it takes to get the job done.
Construction began in 2015 and is expected to be completed this year.
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